Ok, so you're probably wondering what STUF is. STUF is a great natural men's skincare line which I just found out about and was very pleased to review. They have also generously offered to do a giveaway for Strange Daze Indeed readers with the same products I received.
ALL ABOUT STUF
It is a competitive world we live in. Mark Spitz has an unequaled competitive edge. You don't win 9 gold medals by being complacent. His success has streamed from sports to business to entrepreneurship. And Mark recognizes that the way you look has a lot to do with the way people look at you. To be your best requires attention to every aspect of your “game” including grooming.
However, when he searched for products geared toward men’s particular skincare needs, he realized that there weren't many options available. As an entrepreneur and businessman, Mark recognized a need in the marketplace. With this in mind, he partnered with Linda Miles and David Stearn, the owners of derma e® Natural Bodycare to engineer STUF Men’s Defense - a premium, all natural effective skin care line with men's needs in mind.
Men's skin is oilier than women's skin, and their pores are larger (thus they can trap more debris). Although a man’s skin is thicker, it is also usually more sensitive than a woman’s skin. And, a man’s skin is more acidic. Men will typically form deeper facial lines and more age spots than women, and they are more prone to skin cancer. They have more cases of redness, rosacea and under-eye puffiness. Plus men have the beard issues to manage. For this, the team created the essential products perfect for every man’s daily grooming ritual.
Mark was pleased when formulations included the Super Anti-Oxidant Pycnogenol, a powerful anti-oxidant 50 x more powerful than Vitamin E. Also added was Green Tea Extract, another strong anti-oxidant. Take these effective and hard working ingredients and finish them off with Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Allantoin and Chamomile and you have one of the most effective and natural men's products available on the market.
Marks' competitive nature has made it possible for men everywhere to get real solutions and visible results from their skin care products. Available online at www.STUFmd.com, the products will debut through dermae.com. STUF is a no-nonsense line of products with a straightforward goal – provide cutting edge Men's formulas in a simple to use program that optimizes the health of skin and provides visible and immediate improvement in the overall quality and condition of your skin. Also find STUF on TUMBLR at www.STUFmd.tumblr.com and on TWITTER at www.twitter.com/STUFmd and on FACEBOOK at www.facebook.com/STUFmd
About derma e: http://www.dermae.com
derma e® began with a simple vision for healthy skin, a vision that still defines them today. In the 1960’s the Stearn family realized that topical application of Vitamin E would benefit skin health: derma e® was born. Today, the award-winning skin care line derma e® offers a full line of natural, therapeutic skin and hair care formulations rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and botanicals.
MY REVIEW (with Mike)
For my review, I had the good fortune to have a very good male friend who was eager to try the products and give me feedback.
My friend, Mike, and I reviewed the Classic Shave Kit which includes Daily Facial Cleanser, Shave Gel, After Shave Balm and Anti-Aging Moisturizer with SPF 15.
Let's start with the Daily Facial Cleanser. The Daily Facial Cleanser moisturizes while it removes oil and impurities, unclogging pores. It's naturally pH balanced and contains aloe vera, chamomile, papaya and antioxidants incuding Green Tea, Vitamin C and Pycnogenol to help nourish the skin.
First of all, let me say Mike really was happy that STUF products didn't have a heavy or chemical scent. These products really smell natural and light. I smelled them and loved the smell. Just very clean and fresh. Not like so many of the overpowering men's shaving products. You don't need too much. A little goes a long way! There wasn't a lot of lather, but he said his skin felt non-oily and smooth afterward. I felt it; it did. Very nice.
Next up, the smoth and silky Shave Gel. Again, a very nice, fresh smell. Mike said it gave him a very close shave, no irritation. It contains aloe vera, chamomile, Allantoin, an extract from comfrey leaf, cucumber and menthol for soothing. His skin felt moisturized. He wanted to keep the products which I happily agreed to.
After shaving, the soothing healing After Shave Balm. Mike said it felt cool on his skin and soothing after shaving and left his skin hydrated. It absorbed quickly. This one smelled a little stronger. I looked up the ingredients and found Tea Tree Oil. It still smelled good - very clean and a bit herbal. Tea Tree Oil helps keep pores clear and resolves blemishes, ingrown hair and razor bumps. There is also Vitamin E and Shea Butter to replenish nutrients and soften skin as well as other healing vitamins and herbs.
Then, we get to Mike's favorite, the Anti-Aging Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15. I loved the smell of this. Herbal and delicious is how I would describe it. Mike says it's very light and moisturizing and doesn't feel heavy on his skin. STUF says it: "Minimizes the appearance of aging, smoothing fine lines and improves overall skin heath." So far, so good on that front. It'll take more time to see the full results. It's also good for sensitive skin as it's non-irritating and contains Green Tea, Vitamins A, C and E and Pycnogenol, a powerful antioxidant that helps reduce fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots, and other irregularities, and promotes healthy skin that can stand up to the elements and stresses of life. Mike says it was non-greasy, absorbed quickly and left his skin feeling clean and smooth.
So, based on my outside viewpoint, and Mike's inside viewpoint, I do recommend this set for holiday gift giving, especially because it doesn't contain Pthalates, Parabens, Animal By-Products, Colorants, or mineral oil. Instead you'll find herbs, vitamins and powerful anti-oxidants. This is reflected in the feel, the smell and the results.
One of my readers will be receiving the Classic Shave Kit which I was sent and Mike is now enjoying containing 4 full-size products: The Daily Facial Cleanser, The Shave Gel, The After Shave Balm and the Anti-Aging Daily Moisturizer (SPF 15) - an $80 value.
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